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Jan. 26, 1960 w. D. COLLIER 2,922,609
ADJUSTABLE MOUNT Filed June 3, 1968 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 3 INVENTOR.
FTTOIG/VE'YS Jan. 26, 1960 w. D. COLLIER 2,922,609
ADJUSTABLE MOUNT INVENTOR. U1! M w/umw a. cow/0 United States Patent ADJUSTABLE MOUNT I William D. Collier, Albuquerque, N. Mex. Application-June 3, 1958, Serial-N0. 739,634
4, Claims; (21. 248-179) 2 (Granted under Title. as, us code 1952 sec; 266)" The invention described herein may be. manufactured and used by or for the United States Government. for governmental. purposes without payment to me of any royalty thereon.
' This. invention relates. generally to adjustable mounts and more particularly to mounts for cameras and other instruments which may require adjustments in both elevalCe Mounted on the base plate 1, on the flat surface 2 or fiat or plane surface 9' disposed in frictional contact tion and. azimuth and has for an object the provision of K means permitting a full 360 adjustmentin azimuth and a 90 adjustment. in elevation or any combined adjustment. thereof.
* t A further object includes a three part structure in which. an intermediate member provides the mounting means for the azimuth. and. elevation adjustments and a single adjustable means is. employed for holding the structure in any of its adjusted positions.
A further object is, the provision of a'thre e part adunique adjustable camera mount which can be manu- 2 faetured economically and requires a minimum amount of machining.
A further'object includes a removable mounting means for. the camera or other instrument whereby the camera I and removable mounting means. can be easily removed or quickly replaced with a minimum amount of labor andtime, in which thejcamera is held securely in precise relation to the mount'when the mounting means is. in place thereon.
Other objects and advantages of the invention willbecome apparent from the following description and accompanying drawings in which like reference characters refer to-like parts in theseveral figures of the drawings.
Figure 1 is an exploded 'view'of the several parts of the improved adjustable camera or instrument mount;
Figure 2 is an end elevation of' the mount showing the lower portion of a camera in phantom mounted thereon;
Figure 3 is a top plan view of the device shown in Figure 2. but with the camera mounting plate omitted;
Figure 4 is a side elevation of the adjustable mount shown in Figures 2 and 3-, the lowerportion of a camera being shown in phantom; and
Figure 5 is a transverse vertical sectional view taken about on line 5-5 of Figure 4.
Referring to the drawings my improved adjustable mount is disclosed in the exploded view in Figure l and in assembled conditions in Figures 2 to 5 comprising a base plate 1 having a flat or plane upper surface 2, preferably of rectangular shape and having an opening 4 in the lower side thereof, the plate 1 having side flanges or feet 5 formed with openings 6 for receiving fastening means such as screws or bolts for mounting the plate on a suitable support, for instance a tripod. The center of the plate is formed with circular opening 7 therethrough from the flat surface 2 into the space 4.
with the surface 2. v
The cradle disk 8 is formed with a cylindrical depression '10 extending diametrically across its upper surface as shown in Figure l and is beveled at. '11 from the op posite side edges of the depression. The diskc8 is formed with a-pivot opening or aperture 12 extending therethrough from the bottom of the depression 10 to the lower flat surface 9 in alignment with pivot opening 7 through the-base plate 1,. the openings 7 and 12 being substantially the same size and circular for the reception of a pivot or clamping member 13in the form of'a bolt, which fits the opening and permits free rotative adjustment" of the. cradle disk on the base plate' in a plane parallel to the plane surfaces aforesaid.
The reference. numeral 14 denotes the instrument sup.- porting cradle member having a lower cylindrical. surface 15 which is complemental in curvature tothe cylindrical depression 10 and extends from end to end', preferably beyond the ends of the circular depression. The radii of curvature of the circular depression 10 and the cylindrical surface 15 are the same so as to dispose the surface 15 in frictional. contact with the surface 10 and the arc of curvature of the surface 15is preferably greater than 90 disposed in a plane which is. perpendicular to the surfaces 2. and 9, passing through the centers of the openings 6 and 12. This arrangement affords a tilting adjustment of. the cradle member through an elevation angle of. 90 and an azimuth adjustment of the cradle member: 1 4 with the cradle disk *8 on the plane surface 2 through an angle of 360.
The cradle member 14' is formed with an upper rec'- tangu'l'ar surface '16 formed to support a rectangular instrument mounting plate 17.
The upper surface 16 is formed with an inwardly beveled overhanging flange '18 at one end and outwardly projecting flanges 19 and 2-1 having straight sides, a removable inwardly beveled flange plate 22' having an overhanging flange portion 23' is adjustably secured on the open end of the cradle member 14 by clampings'crews' The instrument mounting plate 17 is rectangular to fit the opening between the flanges 18, 1'9, 20. and 21" having two sides 25' and 26 disposed to nicelyfit between the flanges 19 and 20 and outwardly beveled opposite. edges 27 disposed to engage the beveled fl'ange 18 and the inner cylindricallycurved' surface/32 formed concentric to the'axis of the outer cylindrically curved'surface and extending from the side flange 19 to the side flange 20 through an arc exceeding An elongated slot 33 extends substantially the length of the inner cylindrically curved surface 32 in a plane perpendicular to the axis of curvature of the surface 15 and having a width substantially equal throughout its length to the diameter of said pivot openings 7 and 12 for the clamping means 13 to pass through. The clamping means, as shown, is a bolt having an abutment head 13 disposed to engage said inner curved surface 32 at opposite sides of the slot 33, the head 13 preferably having opposite flat surfaces for engagement with the rotation of the clamping bolt 13in the cradle member 14, but permitting the longitudinal adjustment of the position of the slot '33 and tilting in elevationof the cradle member on the cradle disk 8 through an arc of 90 A clamping member 34 in the form'of a nut is threadably secured on the lower end of the bolt 13 in Contact with the lower surface of the base plate '1, for drawing the members 1, 8 and 14 in suitable frictional contact, the opening 4 permitting adjustment of the. nut 34 to adjust the frictional contact indicated.
The cradle disk may be sand blasted all over to roughen the contacting surfaces 9 and to increase the frictional contact, also a spring washer may be provided under the head 13 or above the nut 34 for providing suitable spring tension for holding the frictional contact parts in predetermined frictional contact with each other during adjustment. I
Assuming a camera 29 or other instrument is fixed on the plate 17 and the screws '24 are loosened the plate 17 is inserted on the upper surface 16 of the cradle member 14 between the side flanges 19 and 20 with the" bevel flange 27 engaging under the overhanding bevel flange 18. The clamping plate 22 is now clamped tight to engage the overhanging flange portion 23 over the bevel end 28 and draw the instrument mounting plate down tight againstjthe supporting surface 16.
Y I Adjustment in azimuth of the cradle member rotates to without departing from the spirit and scope of the I invention as defined in the appended'claims. r
' I claim:
" 1. An adjustable mount comprising a base plate having an upper plane surface and formed with an opening predetermined frictional contact respectively with each other, whereby the cradle disk is rotatable on the base plate in a plane parallel to said plane surfaces and said cradle member is tiltable on said cradle disk in a plane passing through said openings perpendicular to said plane surfaces.
2. An adjustable'inst-rument mount rotatable 360 in azimuth and substantially 90 in elevation comprising a base plate having an upper fiat supporting surface adapted to be disposed in a horizontal plane, means for'mounting said base plate on a support, said base plate having a central pivot opening therethrough perpendicular to said plane surface, a circular cradle disk having a lower plane surface disposed in frictional contact with the plane surface aforesaid and formed with a circular cradle depressionin its upper surface extending from side to side with an axis parallel to said plane surfaces, said cradle disk tact with the surface of said cylindrical depression, said i cradle member having an upper surface formed with a transverse recess having a cylindrically curved "bottorn concentric to the axis of curvature of said cylindrical surface perpendicular to said axis and extending vthrough an arc greater than 90, an elongated pivotreceiving slot in the base of said transverse recess extending substantially from end to end therethrough to said curved surface in'registration with the pivot opening aforesaid, an adjustable pivot member extending through said openings and said slot having abutment means at one end engaging the lower surface of saidbase plate and abut- ;rnent 'rneans 'at'its opposite end engaging the base of said transverse recess at opposite sides of said slot.
,3. Apparatus as claimed in, claim 2 including an instrument mounting plate receiving recess formed in the upper surface of said cradle member, an instrument mounting plate fitted'in said mounting plate recess and means on said cradle member for releasably securing said instrument mounting plate in said instrument mounting I plate recess. 7
extending through the central portion of said plate perpressionformed therein extending diametrically from side to side, said cradle disk having anopening extending centrally therethrough from the bottom of said depres- 'sion to said plane surface in' alignment with the first men'- tioned opening, a cradle member having a cylindrically curved lower surface complementally curved to fit and frictionally engage said curved depression, and formed with an elongatedslot therethrough intermediate the opposite ends of'the cylindrical surface in register with both of the aforesaid openings in a plane perpendicular to the axis of said cylindrical surface, adjustable pivot means extending through the aforesaid two openings and said elongated, slot for retaining said plane surfacesof said base plate and said cradle disk and the cylindrically curved surfaces of said disk and said cradle member in 4. Apparatus as set forth in claim 2 in which the upper surface of said cradle member is formed with a rectangular opening having an overhanging flange at one end and positioning flanges at opposite sides, an instrument mounting'plate fitting said rectangular opening having a retaining edge at one end disposed to seat under said overhanging fiange and a similar flange at its opposite end, and a clamping member carried by saidcradle member having an overhanging flange disposed to engage said 388,788 Prescott Aug. 28, 1888 1,794,726 Mitchell Mar.3,1931
V FOREIGN PATENTS 365,861 7 Germany Dec. 29, 1922